Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

SHERI'S BLOG: Day 5 – Tuesday

We have a visitor this week. Sheri Myler, a student from the North of England is doing a week's placement with us. She is already very keen on cryptozoology and eager to learn. I confidently predict that she will be an asset to the cryptozoological community in years to come. However, we decided to put her to work, and each day she will be blogging about what she has been doing...

Today was supposed to be the day I was to have my fifty hour appraisal filled in, so obviously, today was the day I forgot to bring in my portfolio. It will have to be done tomorrow now, which shouldn’t really make too much difference. Hopefully, I won’t leave it in the museum or somewhere.

This also meant that I didn’t have my notes to help me write my blog, so it took twice as long. Then, a small amount of more time was spent doing the animal rounds and the discussion during them was slightly more in depth.

After a tea-break, came a lecture and lengthy discussion about cryptozoology. This involved guessing whether or not certain animal existed and/or if the abilities attributed to them by locals are true. I feel I did fairly well. This was followed by more specific discussion into dragons, in particular the megalania, and some quiet reading time around this topic.

This was followed by some free time, so I checked facebook, which slowed the computer down so much it had to be restarted. Then work resumed and The Journal of Cryptozoology was proof-read and corrected and, so, should be about ready for publication. The website has now also been set up.

The blogs, and other things that are usually done in the morning, are being done this evening so that we can depart for the museum in Barnstaple earlier tomorrow. Tonight’s cat hunt will follow, presently. Hopefully, there will be something exciting waiting, around a corner, to be seen. 

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